- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 12mm | 82g
- Publication date: 5 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141193662
- ISBN 13: 9780141193663
- Edition: Media tie-in
- Edition statement: Film tie-in ed
- Sales rank: 278,646
It is the twenty-fourth of December. Mean old Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing cold office shouting 'Bah! Humbug!' at anyone who dares wish him a Merry Christmas. But that night the miser has a terrifying visitor. Marley, his dead business partner who must wander the earth for ever to pay for his sins, comes with a warning. Scrooge will be haunted by three more spirits. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future arrive to show Scrooge the hardship he has caused. Is he doomed to the same fate as Marley? Or can he mend his ways and learn to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas?
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Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7th February 1812, the second of eight children. Dickens childhood experiences were similar to those depicted in David Copperfield. His father, who was a government clerk, was imprisoned for debt and Dickens was briefly sent to work in a blacking warehouse at the age of twelve. He received little formal education, but taught himself shorthand and became a reporter of parliamentary debates. Dickens is renowned for his vibrant characterisation and atmosphere, especially of London and its inhabitants. His novels include Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend. Robert Zemeckis is a veteran film writer, director and producer. His credentials include the Back to the Future trilogy, Death Becomes Her and Forrest Gump . In 2007 Zemeckis began experimenting with motion capture technology for the film Beowulf. A Christmas Carol is now being brought truly to life with Disney Digital 3D technology and launches Disney's new studio partnership with Zemeckis.
By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 11 Dec 2011
A Christmas Carol is one of those books that I always meant and wanted to read, but I never got around to it, even though I've managed to watch the original film version each year. I'm very glad that I finally picked up a copy of this novella as it was certainly everything I expected it to be. The book felt a little more realistic than the film adaptations, yet managed to keep a real sense of magic, and therefore I do feel that this was more effective and a little more special.
This is the first piece of literature that I have read by Dickens and I was surprised with how effortless it was to read, the language wasn't at all difficult and it flowed well - his writing is unique and a real pleasure to read. I particularly enjoyed reading his descriptions. Although the story isn't completely light hearted, Dickens manages to weave humour throughout. The several characters and family members that we're introduced to are well formed in a short amount of writing and you can really see a depth in them all.
The transition of an old man, Scrooge, from dissatisfied and irritable into a considerate gentleman is handled in a stirring way, especially when based around the Christmas period.
At a mere 100 pages, there's no excuse to not pick up this heartwarming Christmas tale. Although it isn't totally perfect or extremely 'deep', it portrays a meaningful story and it has to be the definitive Christmas Classic.